Today is the fifth birthday of the first ever YouTube video upload

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Though those of you with an eidetic memory may recall that YouTube‘s birthday is officially February 14th 2005, it wasn’t until April 23rd 2005 that any videos were actually uploaded.

So today we’re celebrating the fifth birthday of the first ever YouTube video upload. “Me at the Zoo” was filmed by Yakov Lapitsky, runs for 19 seconds and shows YouTube founder Jawed Karim enjoying a day at the San Diego Zoo.

It may not look like much, but it was the start of a snowballing internet phenomenon that by July 2006 saw 65,000 videos uploaded every day. A year and a bit after it launched, YouTube was bought by Google for a whopping $1.65 billion. A tidy sum, wouldn’t you agree?

Gerald Lynch